The copper mount concealing the unglazed rim, which is evidence that the dish was fired on its mouth rim as was often the case for Ding ware dishes of this type, shows remarkable confidence on the part of the potter that the dish would not warp in the firing.
Ding dishes are generally found to be decorated with flowers and animals, however it is very rare to find a combination of both animals and figures as seen on the current dish.
A dish with a similar fluted petal rim and decorated with a standing deer is illustrated in The Arts of The Sung Dynasty, The Oriental Ceramics Society, London 1960, Pl. 17, no. 29